We Must Protect This House: Kirby Smart Edition

We Must Protect This House: Kirby Smart Edition

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We Must Protect This House: Kirby Smart Edition


It’s been over 670 days since Georgia football lost a game inside Sanford Stadium.

It was Kirby Smart’s first year as head coach at his alma mater in the final regular season game against Georgia Tech on November 26, 2016.

Since that 28-27 defeat against the Yellow Jackets, the Bulldogs have hosted ten games in Athens, winning all of them by a combined score of 396-110.

On Saturday, Georgia extended its home winning streak to 10 with a 41-13 homecoming victory over Vanderbilt.

For the better part of two years, Sanford Stadium is where team’s dreams have come to die. Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri and Kentucky are just a few examples of schools that left Athens as losers, contributing to Georgia’s 10 game home winning streak.

”It’s important to us,” Smart said on Tuesday, referring to Georgia’s dominance at home. “To be honest, we haven’t even talked about that consecutive streak.”

Since the start of the 2017 season, the players and coaches are not the only members of the football program to kick it into high gear. Members of Dawg Nation have united together to form one of college football’s most dedicated and intimidating fan bases, both at home and on the road.

“I’m proud of it (Georgia’s home winning streak) and certainly think that our fan base makes it hard on people to play here,” Smart added.

The Dawgs have a tough road ahead, with games against LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn looming. One of those games – Auburn – will be played in Athens, so Smart knows his team has its work cut out for them if they want to maintain the home winning streak.

“We want to keep that going,” said Smart. “Anytime you can protect your home turf, that becomes one of the most important things you can do.”

If Georgia wants to make this yet another magical season, fans of the red and black will be called upon to do their part as well. And similar to last season, that could include showing out on the road, with Georgia’s first major test coming October 13th at No. 5 LSU in Death Valley.

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